Kyrie Irving has been in the news since the past week due to two very strange reasons. Initially after Celtics’ loss against Orlando, Kyrie mouthed off his teammates, admitting that they did not quite have championship mentality.
He then addressed the media and confirmed that such an outburst will never happen in the future, as he understood that it could be detrimental to the confidence of the young stars in the team.
He then went out and told the media that he had actually called up LeBron and apologised to him for being a very selfish young teammate.
Kyrie admitted to wanting everything at his threshold in Cleveland and said that he realised all of that now that he was leading a young team in Boston.
— Robert Littal (@BSO) January 13, 2019
The Celtics’ bumpy journey brought Kyrie Irving to what would have seemed unfathomable last year: a phone call to apologize to LeBron.
My story on Irving’s quest to lead the Celtics and his admission he shouldn’t have publicly critiqued younger players: https://t.co/yEda78xO3A
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 17, 2019
Kyrie and LeBron formed a very potent partnership in Cleveland, one that was cut short when Kyrie decided to be his own man and move to Boston.
Now, post Kyrie’s call to LeBron a couple of days back, rumors have been doing the rounds that Kyrie could joining LeBron in LA, post the ongoing season.
LeBron and Kyrie’s relationship had been marred a bit post Kyrie leaving Cleveland and while some analysts feel that Kyrie has grown as a leader post that LeBron apology, Stephen A Smith isn’t quite buying that.
He feels Kyrie had other intentions while calling up LeBron and has confirmed that an unnamed source has confirmed the same to him.
Kyrie Irving apologized to LeBron James as he now tries to lead the Celtics' young players. pic.twitter.com/Qddtg9gOeL
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 17, 2019
“(The source) said ‘Wow. I guess it makes it a bit easier for (Irving) to come to LA now,’ ” Smith said.
“That was the quote that I received. That was the text message that I received.” he added.
Chris Broussard too has reported that he feels Kyrie is laying the ground work for a blockbuster trade to Lakers. Irving will be hitting free agency this summer and NBA analysts believe that a move to the Lakers is on the cards.
Kyrie Irving to the Lakers…
how did we not see this coming? https://t.co/bybZCHGNVC
— Eric Britt (@_EricBritt) January 17, 2019
Buzz: Kyrie Irving could very well likely leave Boston and sign with either New York or Los Angeles. Kyrie isn’t exactly enjoying his time in a Celtic uniform. LeBron would recruit him to the Lakers and so would Kyrie’s childhood idol; Kobe Bryant.
— NBA Insider (@topnbainsider) January 17, 2019
Stephen A. Smith: Kyrie Irving could head West to join LeBron, Lakers https://t.co/KozlplbhfY
— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) January 17, 2019
The move could be one of the biggest one’s in recent NBA history, especially after Kyrie leaving Cleveland to get out of LeBron’s shadow.
But with LeBron not having a lot of time left in the NBA, Kyrie could probably slot in as LeBron’s number 2 for his last few years in the NBA and then taking over once LeBron leaves.